Buyer - Equipment

Hutchinson Jonas
£50-70k plus bens
Closing date
12 Nov 2019

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To work within the Equipment and Décor team to manage the team’s Purchasing activities. To be responsible for the TCO model within Equipment and Décor, using this to define the procurement strategy for the team. To focus on driving value and performance from new and existing suppliers, with constant attention to profitability, capital expenditure and the strategic goals. Represent the Equipment and Décor procurement activity and team with Regional and Global stakeholders.   

To work within the Equipment and Décor team as part of the Purchasing function. To focus on driving value and performance from new and existing suppliers, with constant attention to profitability, capital expenditure and the strategic goals.


Principal responsibilities:

• Manage the delivery and performance of the Equipment Managers, ensuring accountabilities and responsibilities are clear across the team, and that the team are motivated and delivering against targets

• Work closely with Global and Regional stakeholders (i.e. SSC, Board Members, Business Development Agents, Franchise Owners) etc to discuss, review and represent the work of the Equipment and Décor team

• Build and maintain a TCO model in Europe and use this to conduct regular opportunity analyses across the Equipment and Décor category, ensuring all category strategies continue to align with business needs

• Represent company Globally and ensure European needs are defined, communicated and meet with Global suppliers

• Develop stakeholder engagement by communicating details of commercial agreements clearly and effectively with Franchise Owners, where appropriate selling the benefits and encouraging take-up

• Gather feedback from key stakeholders to help drive improvements within the Equipment and Décor purchasing strategies

• Work with Equipment & Décor suppliers to manage performance and reduce total cost of ownership, maintaining a focus on delivering cost savings and contributing to the benefit tracker

• Collate and analyse data to aid strategy formulation and decision-making, to develop long term category strategies, and to prioritise project delivery

• Work under own initiative to develop strategies and plans, securing the buy-in of the relevant stakeholders before taking action

• According to the category plans, deliver value to Franchise Owners using appropriate methodologies such as strategic sourcing, benchmarking, value engineering, creating long term partnerships, etc.

• Build deep understanding of cost structures, supply/value chains, and total cost of ownership

• Establish contracts with suppliers ensuring clarity and visibility of commercial terms agreed through the appropriate documentation

• Set clear KPI’s and targets with approved suppliers, and lead regular reviews which focus on continuous improvement

• Address and resolve any ongoing performance issues with Equipment & Décor suppliers – providing support for Purchasing Managers as required

• Develop and drive delivery of projects using the internal Category Management and Project Management processes and tools to secure stakeholder buy-in, define the critical path, provide clear feedback and progress reports

• Continuous monitoring of wider market trends to innovate, promote best practice and ensure commercial advantage

• Support Operations and the Equipment Development Manager with product evaluation, field testing and implementation

• Participate in/or lead Global Equipment projects around the World 


Qualifications, skills and knowledge:

• Experience of leading teams, managing multiple categories

• A strong commercial and numerical aptitude
• Strong supplier performance management experience
• Significant customer / stakeholder experience
• Excellent communicator with strong written and presentation skills
• Strong organisational and time management skills; able to prioritise effectively and meet demanding deadlines
• Proven track-record of working cross-functionally to deliver improvement projects on time

• Experience of buying Internationally and dealing with Global suppliers
• Experience in purchasing equipment & décor products
• Experience in multi-site locations and Franchise






Hutchinson Jonas, specialises in the recruitment of FMCG industry professionals.  We cover both the Retail and Manufacturing market areas providing a comprehensive recruitment service to both job seekers and companies alike.


From inception, Hutchinson Jonas has focused upon the food & drink manufacturing sector and is now one of the leading recruiters in this area. We have successfully completed hundreds of assignments and placements and can draw upon over 15 years of recruitment experience at a senior level. Whatever recruitment problem your organisation has faced, we have almost certainly faced them before.

Our testimonials come from some of the leading, most influential people within food manufacturing. They speak volumes about our service and can be seen on our website: 

Any number of things set us apart from the rest, most notably ‘investment’. We invest heavily in staff development to ensure our people remain leaders in their fields. We also invest in database technology to ensure that we are aware of the availability of key people at any given time. And we invest in the community around us – our graduate food science award at Reading University, our charitable work with PROPS and the National Autistic Society, and our sponsorship of local sports teams are all examples of our commitment to social responsibility.

The Hutchinson Jonas Group is split into two distinct brands, offering two distinct services:

Interim Management
Hutchinson Consultancy Ltd specialises in providing the food & drink industry with interim managers for a variety of different assignments and projects. Our hand-picked professionals are experts in their field and provide support for a variety of different scenarios including gap management, sudden departures, specialist projects and managing change.

Permanent Recruitment
Since our inception in 1999, Jonas has built up a reputation for delivering quality, permanent recruitment solutions in a timely, efficient and ethical manner. We have developed partnerships with many key FMCG Manufacturers, Retailers and Food Service companies both large and small. Our Key Accounts team works together with our customers to offer them a truly service orientated recruitment approach, adding value at every stage of the process.


Contact Us
  • Business Services Bromley Ltd
  • Provident House
  • Beckenham
  • BR3 1AT
  • GB
  • 0208 650 7998
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